IT may have had its fair share of worries over the past few years, but parents, staff and pupils at Knowepark Primary School have all been working hard to change things for the better and the next step on that road to recovery is its first Christmas Fair, to be held on Thursday, December 6.
The new leadership team of acting head teacher Maria McGinley and acting deputy, Susan Graham, has proved a real catalyst for change, and the two women are working hard with the staff to turn the school around following a period of uncertainty and concerns over unsatisfactory inspection reports.
The fair is being organised by the Knowepark Parent Partnership Fundraising Group (formerly the PTA) in an attempt to raise the ambitious sum of £6,000 to purchase two badly-needed interactive whiteboards known as SMART Boards.
Chair of the Fundraising Group, Annie Dickson, told The Wee Paper this week: “Why should our children be put at a disadvantage? Each of these boards costs £3,000 and another £500 to install and we are determined to buy another two boards before the end of the school year in June”.
This time last year Knowepark only had two SMART Boards, but it now has seven and needs another three so that all the youngsters will have one in their classroom.
Two of the older boards are nearing the end of their life and an expected rise in the school roll may require another classroom and therefore another board.
Mrs McGinley commented: “The interactive learning experience offered by SMART Boards will help foster a love of learning in all our pupils. I’m very grateful to the children, parents and the Parent Partnership Fundraising Group for all their efforts.”
Primary 7 pupil Chloe Dickson said: “I thought it would just be like a computer but it’s amazing – it really does make things easier to understand – we use ours all the time, every day”.
Iain Anderson, chair of the Knowepark Parent Partnership, added: “In these very challenging economic times, it’s fantastic to see a school community working together to achieve something which will improve the learning experiences not only of today’s pupils, but all the children in Selkirk who will come through the school doors in the years to come.”
The Knowepark Christmas Fair includes the launch of the school’s first school calendar, Christmas cards and art exhibition and the school’s Eco-Committee stall.
There will also be Santa’s Grotto, with stories, gift and craft stalls, games, festive face-painting, nail bar and glitter tattoos, music, mulled wine and mince pies, and even Christmas trees for sale.
Knowepark Christmas Fair is on from 3-8pm. Entrance is £1 for adults (includes mulled wine and a mince pie) and free for children under 12.